Reviewing the use of natural light by architects in the era of electricity, this book aims to show that natural light not only remains a potential source of order in architecture, but that natural lighting strategies impose a usefully creative discipline on design.

Considering an approach to environmental context that sees light as a critical aspect of place, this book explores current attitudes to natural light by offering a series of in-depth studies of recent projects and the particular lighting issues they have addressed. It gives a more nuanced appraisal of these lighting strategies by setting them within their broader topographic, climatic and cultural contexts.


chapter |7 pages


Daylighting in the era of Electricity

chapter |25 pages

Speaking of Light, Speaking with Light

Le Corbusier's ‘Carnets de Recherche Patiente', Une Petite Maison 1 and La Chapelle de Ronchamp 2

chapter |22 pages

Desert Tent

Light and Geometry in the Church of the Benedictine Monastery of the Holy Trinity, Las Condes, Santiago de Chile

chapter |20 pages

Deciding the Colouring of things

Scarpa's Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice

chapter |28 pages

Reading Light at Seinajoki, Finland, and Viana do Castelo, Portugal

Aalto's and Siza's Conspicuous Conservation of Daylight

chapter |25 pages

Enlightening Conversation

The Music Room and the Open City, Ritoque, Chile

chapter |20 pages

Seeing the Light

The Poole House, Lake Weyba, Queensland

chapter |20 pages

O'Donnell and Tuomey's Lessons in the History and Geography of Light

The Ranelagh Multi-Denominational School, Dublin, 1998

chapter |21 pages

Inverse Light?

The Vulnerable Openings of Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Berlin

chapter |27 pages

New Light for Old Across London

Recent Interventions at the Carmelite Priory, Kensington, by Niall McLaughlin, and at LA John Campbell Road, Hackney, by Lisa Shell

chapter |22 pages

The Electricity of Daylight?

Herzog and de Meuron's Excavation of Dusk at London's Bankside Power Station, 1998–2000